The Featured Member for September through December 2016 is Steve Keller
What town do you live in?
I grew up and continue to live in Muhlenberg Township, PA.
What is your age?
I am 49 years old
How old were you when you developed an interest in Photography?
I have enjoyed photography since I has about 12 years old. It was always a way to capture the great outdoors. I still have some of those first photos.
What was your first camera?
My first camera was a Kodak 110. In my late teens I purchased a Canon AE-1 35mm. In 2009 I purchased my first digital camera, a Canon Rebel Xti.
Have you had any training in Photography? If so, please describe.
None recently. I attended a class at Alvernia University back when it was a college that was a good foundation. We learned a lot of the basics like composition and camera settings as well as how to develop B&W photos in a dark room.
Do you belong to any other Photography Organizations? (PSA, PPA, NAPP, etc.)
I do not.
Is photography a hobby, a serious pursuit, your profession?
Photography is a serious hobby for me. It is a way for me to capture images of my surroundings to have forever and share with my friends and family.
What types of photography interest you the most?
I am an outdoors person. My favorite types of photography include landscape, travel, and nature.
How long have you been a member of The Berks Photographic Society?
I have been a BPS member for almost 3 years now. If I would have known about its existence before, I would have joined a long time ago.
What do you see as the biggest benefit of being a member of The Berks Photographic Society?
There are several benefits of being a member of BPS. I personally like the photo contests, the hands on meetings, the speakers, and the yearly conference. I have learned a lot during the last 3 years with BPS. Probably the biggest benefit to me is the photo contests and the constructive criticism after the judging. It is a great way to learn how to make your photos better. The judges and other members share their opinions with you on how they think your photos could be improved. I have gone back and re-worked many images after the contest and made my images better.
Do you have a website, or profile where we can see more of your work?
Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you or your photography?
One of the other aspects I like about photography is the social aspect. I enjoy spending time with fellow photographers in pursuit of good images. Many of my photos were taken on family vacations or with fellow photographers during day or weekend trips. Photography is also another good reason to visit some of our wonderful federal, state, and local parks.
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